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Contact Lenses: Do You Know What You're Missing?

 A lot of you have probably been wearing contact lenses for a long time. And maybe you've even been in the same exact brand of contact lenses for several years. Did you ever stop to think that maybe you're missing out on something better? Sure, your contact lenses may seem alright; they dry out toward the end of the day, but that's normal, right? Well I'm here to tell you that it's not normal, and we can help you find a more suitable lens.

Just like everything else, contact lens technology is continuously changing. The lens that you've been wearing for several years, although "comfortable," may actually be outdated technology. The latest and greatest in contact lenses is daily disposable or single use lenses. As the name suggests, these are lenses that are worn once and then thrown away. Just imagine putting a fresh lens in every single day; it really is more comfortable. And above all, it's certainly healthier.

A lens that's worn over and over again accumulates debris, proteins, and allergens, and eventually loses its ability to breathe adequately. That's why your contact lenses start to feel bothersome toward the end of their lifespan. By the way, do you remember when you're supposed to change your lenses, or are you just wearing them until "it feels like it's time to get a fresh pair?" And then there's contact lens solutions; are you using the right one? And more importantly, are you really cleaning your lenses adequately, every night?

All of the above concerns are eliminated with single use lenses. With daily disposable lenses, you rarely need solution, and you definitely don't have to keep track of when it's time to change them. Daily disposable lenses, in general, allow more oxygen to reach your eye, and also contain a higher water content, preventing them from drying out toward the end of the day. Not to mention, they're convenient - no dealing with cleaning, solutions, or lens cases.

Over 85% of our patients wear daily disposable lenses and love them! I see improvement in corneal health, and often times vision, when a patient switches from reusable lenses to daily disposables. These are your eyes we're talking about, take care of them by staying up-to-date with the latest contact lens technology!

 

--Written by Dr. Aja Kimrey

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